CHARLES I (1600-1649). King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to his nephew Prince Rupert ('Nepueu'), 1 page 4to , contemporary endorsement showing through, Newport, 24 July 1645. Written shortly before the fall of Bristol, informing Prince Rupert that he has commanded [George] Digby to send in cipher details of his resolution, expressing his confidence in him, and thanking him for arms and powder.
Rather enigmatically conveying the news that he had changed his mind.
'I haveing taken a resolution, w[hi]ch is differing from what I was most inclyned to, when I saw you last, I have thought it most necessary to advertice you of it, albeit I cannot say that the affirmative is so absolutely concluded on as the negative; the particulars being of some lenth & greatest secrecie; I have com[m]anded Digby to wryte it to you all in Cyfer, I not having tyme my selfe to doe it, & therefor have chosen that part w[hi]ch I care not who reades, to witt, my Affection to you & confidence in you, I needing no other conjuration of secrecie to you, then that if I knew you not secret, I would not this tyme impart my resolution to you.The King and Prince Rupert had met at Crick two days before the present letter. Rupert returned to Bristol to consolidate his position there before the King was to arrive to make it his headquarters. The surrender of Bridgwater on 23 July had, however, made this plan impossible, and in the confusion Charles gave Rupert no clear indication of his revised plans. The siege of Bristol by Fairfax began on 21 August, and the city fell on 10 September when Rupert called for a treaty. The surrender of Brisol enraged Charles, who was encouraged by Digby to believe that Rupert had betrayed him. He dismissed his nephew from his service.
Provenance: The Spiro collection [New York], Christie's London, 3 December 2003. Private collection.
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